Something is happening in Johor


A crowd of 8000 people attended the largest Pakatan dinner in Johor on Friday, 14 September, sending shivers down the ranks of the BN.

The 800-table dinner was held at Sutera Mall near the upmarket Taman Sutera Utama residential area in Skudai, though many of those who turned up seemed to be from outside the neighbourhood.

A thunderous roar from the multi-ethnic crowd greeted Anwar when he arrived with his entourage.

Two observers, a veteran journalist and a former journalist, were struck by the range of people attending the dinner-forum, with all ethnic groups significantly represented. “They were completely unfazed by the heavy presence of police. And they hung on to Anwar’s every word until midnight,” said the veteran journalist.

Entire families were there from grandmothers to children. When Anwar spoke, some of those at the back surged forward giving the impression that some of the tables at the back were half empty.

One of the main organisers was Chua Jui Ming, and the observers were impressed with his ability to draw the people to the event.

Mat Sabu was a big hit as was Sallahudin. Anwar himself spoke about high-level corruption and the privatisation that has benefited cronies.

How does this large turnout translate to seats?

Of the 222 seats in the federal parliament, 26 are from Johor. At present, the BN holds 25 seats and Pakatan (DAP) has one. The BN’s seats are held by Umno (16), MCA (7), MIC (1) and Gerakan (1).

The two observers I spoke to felt that this time around, Pakatan could bag nine seats at least – something the BN is worried about.

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  1. Ceramah Rakyat – Masai, Johor
    Date: 27 October 2012 (saturday)
    Time: 9pm

    Venue: 29, Jalan Suria 55, Bandar Seri Alam, Masai, Johor

    all are welcome! masuk percuma!

  2. I feel so sorry for the good people living in rural areas like kampungs and orang asli reservations where they do not have access to the internet and so may swallow the fibs being sold to them wholesale. If … civil servants are spinning such untruths on behalf of their unprincipled political masters, then I suppose they must fear their BN political masters more than they must fear the Almighty God …

  3. Program Merdeka Rakyat akan meneruskan destinasinya ke Johor Bahru pada sabtu, 20 Oktober ini, jam 8 malam.

    Ceramah Perdana Merdeka Rakyat dengan tema ‘Kali Ini Pasti Tukar’ bertempat di Tapak Letak Kereta Terbuka Sutera Mall, Johor Bahru ini dikendalikan oleh KEADILAN Johor dibawah pimpinan Naib Presiden KEADILAN merangkap Pengerusi KEADILAN Johor, Dato’ Chua Jui Meng.

    Barisan penceramah akan dibarisi oleh Ketua Umum KEADILAN, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sebagai penceramah utama, Naib Presiden KEADILAN, Nurul Izzah Anwar dan Tian Chua, Exco Negeri Selangor, Dr Xavier Jayakumar, pimpinan KEADILAN dan beberapa pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat yang lain.

  4. Ceramah Perdana Merdeka Rakyat
    Topik: Kali Ini Pasti Tukar

    Penceramah: Anwar Ibrahim & Pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat

    Tarikh: 20 October 2012, 8pm
    Tempat: Tapal Letak kereta Sutera Mall, Johor Bahru

    Percuma & semua dijemput hadir!

  5. I hope anil can continue to provide coverage on the Johor political situation. It is a key battle in the coming GE.

      • Anil thanks for your wonderful job.
        Johor is the hotbed in the coming GE, so more coverage and response from your Johor readers will be good for all to understand the situation better.

  6. According to this WSJ report, as Singapore runs out of land to expand, it is joining forces with Malaysia to develop the Johor area into Singapore’s new hinterland, with space for multinational companies, industry, tourist attractions and plenty of housing.

    Wonder what Utusan has to say since it is always anti-PAP and anti-LKY, now that Singapore is set to exploit the cheap land of Iskandar?

  7. Big turnout cannot beat the Rustam’s son wedding that made to the Bolehland book of records (Buku Jaguh Kampung).

  8. We need you Johoreans to help in ushering the much needed winds of change. As some of you have pointed out Penang under LGE has seen improvements. I am a Penangite and I am proud and respectful of LGE for his non-discriminatory and visionary leadership. Our brothers in other states, we need your help badly too. Collectively and with an unwavering spirit we can and will bring about a big change with our votes in the next GE.

  9. Leading to GE, BN is recycling its dated scare tactics, resurrecting the following bogeymen to scare rakyat to ‘pilih status quo’:
    1) Communist
    2) May 13 incident
    and now
    3) Jews and George Soros!

    Ha ha ha.
    BN is like RTM is recycling repeatedly old P Ramli movies on TV when the malay audience are ow watching Astro Mustika for the modern day comedy like Karoot Komedia & Raja Lawak.

  10. Najib said in Johor:
    “We cannot pawn off our futures, our futures are too precious. This (Johor) is where Umno was born, and it has served our nation.
    “It would be ‘pantang’ (taboo) if we were to surrender this country to them (the opposition).

    It is more appropriate to say that BN has pawned away itself. The rakyat has trusted BN long enough, and all apparent goodness could not obscure the discontent deep down. The rakyat wants a change for a better future.

  11. The chinese community has heard success stories of LGE administration in Penang. They are hoping for wind of change to take place in Johor, where water and electricity cost more than in Penang! The cheapest small plate of wan ton mee in JB costs RM4!
    Also you see chinese language in Penang but not in JB!

    It is no surprise that MCA is targeting LGE with (alleged) lies to deceive the rakyat. The only safe seat for MCA in Johor is Ayer Itam, but many other MCA candidates are challenging Wee Ka Siong for that seat.

  12. Pengerang issue will affect BN in the coming election.

    Pengerang is a district in southern Johor that has been earmarked to be an oil and gas hub for the region by the government and Petronas.The plan was initiated in 2006.

    About 25,000 people are likely to be relocated to another part of the state. They are mainly farmers and fishermen. Primarily Malays and Chinese. The relocation will cause them to lose their homes and source of income. The new location does not have infrastructure or homes or farm land or fishing, and the compensation is low.

  13. Voter registration counter was set up at JB’s KSL City shopping mall in the last one year. 90% of the people registered there were Chinese, many of whom are working in Singapore. However, if the election is held on a working day of Singapore, many may not be able to come back to vote.

  14. I have relatives and friends in Johor. What was once a Barisan Nasional bastion is on the verge of being pulled down by Pakatan Rakyat. Most Johoreans who are in the know reveal that PPP, MIC and MCA are going to be decimated at the 13th GE. They are fed up with the endemic corruption, plundering the national kitty under varied subterfuges and the arrogance of Ah C.. Gor, Mooheedeen and the worst HM who utters nonsense whenever he opens his mouth thinking all Malaysians are fools.

    UMNO/BN are … scared of Pakatan Rakyat and of a possible tsunami …

    thugs and gangsters … wreak havoc on the PR roadshow.

    This stupid strategy is going to backfire on them especially when the government (apppears to) condone such acts and does not take action against them. The PDRM has become a laughing stock for not taking action against these louts who flout the law in the presence of the guardians of law and order. Johoreans, fed up of double standards in the application of the law are going to show UMNO/BN that it does not pay to support any semblance of anarchy.

    The 13th GE is around the corner. Johor voters, at least the educated and well informed ones will show UMNO/BN that it does not pay to take the voters for granted as stupid and ignorant of the situation in the country.

  15. Johor was somehow insulated from the wave of change happening and emanating from Kuala Lumpur during GE2008. They had a rude awakening when the opposition takes control of 5 states and now they want to be part of change.

    More and more youngster that I spoke to are in fighting spirit to effect change in Malaysia and GE13 is going to see the end of BN as we know it.

  16. Saya hadir pada seminar tu !
    Orang Johor dah tahu apa yang berlaku di negara kita ini. Sudah pasti BN akan kalah pada GE 13 nanti. Kalaulah BN dan SPR tidak main tipu, ada kemungkinan BN boleh kalah di negeri Johor !!!

    • Majlis Makan Malam DAP cawangan Saleng, Johor.
      20 October 2012, 7.30pm
      Tropical Garden Restaurant, Kulai, Johor.

      Theme: Ubah Sekarang, Selamatkan Malaysia.

      Price: RM500/table;RM 1000/table

  17. safian should ask why no PR1MA low cost housing by BN for poor Johor folks in Danga Bay. Why residents of Kampung Majidee in Johor have to make way for commercial development?

  18. The Pakatan ceramah DVDs (not Chua CD’s) finally have reached out to the urban and rural areas of Johor – the so-called fortress of BN. My neighbour told me when he was at JB, the locals there wish for positive changes as they believe with the Johor resources the Johorians should benefit more all these years (no RM100 handouts to the seniors like what being practised in penang despite Johor being a rich state).

    Something is brewing down south and thanks to Anil and readers to keep us posted.

  19. this is the beginning of the end of a tyrannical regime whose tenure was premised on fear, lies and bigotry; and predicated on the end justifying its means.

  20. I am living in JB, where housing is as expensive as in Penang but with higher crime rate. the people here are grateful to the Signaproe government for their livelihood, not BN. My neighbors shuttle daily to Singapore to make a living. My relatives are hawkers earning from Singapore day-trippers. We have witnessed the transformation of Penang under Pakatan. I can say many Chinese are more aware of the ‘limitation’ of MCA in protecting the chinese interest as evident in MCA’s poor handling of chinese independent school matters to the extent of making enemy with Dong Zong to protect its alliance with Umno.


  22. A dinner ceramah by PR… means a lot!
    If you had attended it, you could feel the ‘wind of change”.
    It a hat was passed around, believe me, the people are willing to dig into their pockets. I have attended several of their ceramahs, and we chipped in, knowing very well that, Pakatan is not like BN, simply spending our money.
    Only at ceramahs that the public who does not read blogs hear the real news.
    All who wants to spread the TRUTH, should be encourage to buy the VCDs of ceramahs and distribute them friends and relatives.

    The big difference between BN and PR dinner ceramahs is that, at PR ceramahs, dinner will be served, even B4 guests arrived .No big deal. Rakyat didahulikan.
    At BN ceramahs, guests always arrive late, and only after the speeches, that dinner is served. It was a big rush for food, and the scene is worst than a refugee camp.

  23. Did I read something like Anwar talking about hig-ranking corruption? When he was a minister, Nallakarupan (allegedly) brought for him by the conbtainers and that was not corruption I presume.

    Its corruption when given to some one else but not when its given to you. PKRight?

    • If what you think is true,Safian, do not not think that UMNO would have (finished off) Anwar (politically) with it? They would not have the need to use the stupid sodomy thing!

  24. Johoreans take a little more time to react, the 2008 tsunami has landed in Johore, my brethren in Johore will make the change this time.

    How do I know, I am proudly a Johorean.

  25. Ayoyo… Kuch Kuch Hota Hei…!!!

    It would be marvelous if folks in UMNO’s bastion – be they Malays, Chinese, Indians or other races – can show the rest of Malaysia just what they think of the 55 years of UMNO-led domination.

    Opposition to the Malayan Union had its roots in Johore, so anak anak Johore are certainly not short of the right stuff when it comes to knowing what to do about issues that matter.

    Kuch Kuch Hota Hei…!!!

  26. Yes,, I am from Johor Bahru.. Sentiment is very strong here and support for Pakatan is getting stronger day by day

      • Safian you read NST/Star watch TV3/RTM/Astro no wonder you feel nothing.

        Safian got to step out and talk to the people of Johor to get the feel of the wanting ubah sentiments of Johorians for a better Malaysia !

      • Dear PM Najib

        There are apparently 70,000 undergraduates unemployed …almost all of them Melayu. You know, what do you expect these kids and their parents to eat. Are you going to keep on absorbing them as Mr. Government Servant and kasi pokai Malaysia…the current government servants have already managed to irritant the average tax payer so much that they hate this government to the core especially since you keep feeding them bonuses while the country is going through a horrific economic dip which Zeti and you are (allegedly) covering up.

        The trouble is, you never focused on the economy. You never focused on small businesses (if you don’t know how, go learn from Margaret Thatcher, I think she is still alive). What (the culprits) did was to steal so rampantly from the country to feed (the) cronies that we are almost completely broke if not actually bankrupt. UMNO lost the right to rule the moment they could not put food on the table for not only the non Malays (which was by the way always Plan A) , but you and UMNO have now even managed to not put food on the table for even the Malays. This is a checkmate situation for UMNO Baru.

        PR may not be BN, but PKR and PAS will make certain every Malay gets a job and opportunities, while DAP will probably drive the economy. I am sure your boys would have briefed you of their strategy by now. Your UMNO lost track after 1969. Jangan nak kelentong about this pantang stories. Your father and then Mahathir later ran and still are running a (dubious) version of UMNO. This UMNO is finished. Goodbye.

  27. Johore in Peninsula and on to Sabah the final bastion to seal the fate of Barang Naik UMNO and their sycophants

    • BN was doing well but can do better in managing Malaysia, but some of the BN leader doesn’t understand of people needs. Why not give new Baby PR a chance to prove them self for a 5 years!
      We will know then which are the leader corruption free once they lost the election…. PR in Johor .. Not a bad idea..


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